A New And Better Missile To Replace The Hellfire Missile

Hellfire missiles on the rails of a US Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra. Wikimedia Commons

Business Insider: The Army is testing a replacement for the Hellfire missile — and pilots like what they see

* The Army and Navy are testing a missile to replace the vaunted Hellfire.
* Pilots trying out the missile have spoken highly of its capabilities.
* More testing is slated before the missile is deployed for combat operations.

US Army aviators have been putting the new Joint Air-to-Ground Missile through its paces, as the program works its way to its next milestone, a low-rate initial production decision.

The JAGM is meant to provide precision standoff-strike capability to target high-value fixed and moving targets, both armored and unarmored, even in poor weather conditions. It will replace several air-launched missiles, including the AGM-114 Hellfire, which has seen extensive use in the campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The versatility and simplicity of the new missile won high marks from pilots testing it.

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WNU Editor: All the tests have been successful so far. 48 more tests are planned in 2019.

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